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18 Dec. 2013 SEC enforcement actions top $3.4 billion in 2013 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has released a new report showing the totality of its enforcement efforts over the year. The final figure of fines collected for enforcement actions is an historic $3.4bn, bolstered by large individual settlements lik
18 Dec. 2013 Survey finds Japanese and European equities to dominate 2014 [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:The latest fund manager survey from BofA Merrill Lynch finds sentiment positive for 2014, with invest
17 Dec. 2013 New book details route to profit from volatile credit market [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A new book by Putri Pascualy, Senior Credit Strategist and Portfolio Manager for Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company (PAAMCO), reveals how investors can generate attractive returns in an increasi
17 Dec. 2013 Towers Watson partners with Korea’s Government Employees Pension Service as alternative assets advisor [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Towers Watson, the global professional services company, and Korea’s Government Employees Pension Service (GEPS), have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in which Towers Watson will assist GEPS in review
17 Dec. 2013 Asian hedge fund managers expect an increase in bonuses going forward [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:A survey from Heidrick & Struggles the international recruitment firm, found that more Asian hedge fund managers expect an increase in bonuses going forward. Reported in
17 Dec. 2013 U.S. Treasury finds hedge funds less risky [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia:A new study by the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Financial Research said that the hedge fund industry is not as risky as traditionally perceived. In its September study titled,
17 Dec. 2013 Global GDP to rise 3.5% in 2014 but Europe faces deflationary risks [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia:BNY Mellon’s Boston-based fixed income specialist Standish said that global gross domestic product (GDP) could accelerate from 3.0% in 2013 to 3.5% in 2014 but warns that inflation remains uncomfortably low in developed market countries. In its
17 Dec. 2013 Barclays reviews the case of out of favour converts [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:The Strategic Consulting Team at Barclays Capital Solutions Group has researched the convertible (convert) hedge fund landscape in their latest paper. "Despite the relatively small AUM base of HF strategi
16 Dec. 2013 Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index Finished up 1.31% in November (+8.43% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index (the “Broad Index”) finished up 1.31% for the month of November. Performance for the Broad Index and its 10 sub-strategies is calculated monthly. October, November and YTD 2013 performance numbers are listed below and are avail
16 Dec. 2013 Hedge funds gain +1.19% in November (+11.18% YTD)- Hennessee [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hennessee Group LLC announced today that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index increased +1.19% in November (+11.18% YTD), while the S&P 500 gained +2.80% (+26.62% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased +3.48% (+22.76% YTD), and the NASDAQ Composite Index jumped +3
16 Dec. 2013 Vistra acquires HVK Family Office Services in the Netherlands [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Vistra, the fast growing corporate services Group, today announced the acquisition of HVK Family Office Services part of the consultancy firm HVK in the Netherlands. With this acquisition, Vistra strengthens its recently launched Family Office Services Division.
16 Dec. 2013 Harcourt launches actively-managed premium strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Harcourt, the alternative boutique of Vontobel Asset Management, launches the Pure Premium Strategy to offer liquid alternatives in UCITS wrapper to further meet investor demand for transparent and cost-efficient al
16 Dec. 2013 Hedge fund launches decline to lowest level in 3 years in Q3, liquidations rise [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - New hedge fund launches declined to the lowest level in nearly three years in the third quarter, while the number of hedge fund liquidations rose to the highest level since the fourth quarter of 2012, according the latest HFR Market Microstructure
16 Dec. 2013 Gottex Fund Management and EIM Group to merge [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Gottex Fund Management Holdings Limited (Gottex) and EIM Group (EIM), two leading alternative investment managers, announce today they have reached agreement
16 Dec. 2013 Investors start withdrawals ahead of Fed’s December meeting [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia:Investors have started to pull out their investments ahead of U.S. Federal Reserve meeting on 17th and 18th December, which will discuss whether to wind down its quantitative easing program (or QE3), according to EPFR, a
16 Dec. 2013 Two Sigma and Hamilton Insurance buy SAC Capital’s Reinsurance unit [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia:Two Sigma and Hamilton Reinsurance Group have formed a partnership to acquire SAC Capital’s reinsurance unit, clearing the way for the Steven Cohen’s once $15bn hedge fund to convert into a family office, various media reported. According to the
14 Dec. 2013 ABN AMRO Clearing launches competition for 6 alternative investment funds to pitch at Amsterdam Investors Forum 2014 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 6 alternative funds are again being offered the chance to pitch to more than 200 institutional investors, funds of funds and high net worth individuals at the third Amsterdam Investors Forum (AIF), organised by ABN AMRO Clearing on 12 February 2014. ‘The AIF Fact
13 Dec. 2013 UCITS HFS Index experiences slow down, up 0.27% in November (3% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The UCITS HFS Index posts its third positive monthly result in a row in November 2013 (0.27%). The broad index started negatively into the month with losses of -0.14% after the first full week of trading. Things turned around in week two though with gains of 0.16%. Althou
13 Dec. 2013 SEC brings charges against hedge fund, advisors, Merrill Lynch in latest round of investigations [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a rash of new charges today against a London-based hedge fund, a Charlotte, N.C.-based investment advisory firm, and Merrill Lynch over misleading investors. GLG Partners L.P. and its former holding company
12 Dec. 2013 Hedge fund investors net sellers of $2.2bn in October [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that hedge fund investors redeemed a net $2.2 billion (0.1% of assets) in October, reversing course after buying $4.4 billion in September. “The outflow in October was only the second for hedge funds t
12 Dec. 2013 Eric Sprott’s flagship hedge fund drops 50% on weak gold prices [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:Canadian hedge fund manager Eric Sprott’s flagship hedge fund lost more than 50% so far this year; and I appears to be headed towards its third consecutive year of losses on weak gold prices. Compounding Sprott’s woes are redemption requests from investors. tha
12 Dec. 2013 EU Parliament passes resolution in Magnitsky case [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:The European Parliament on Wednesday passed a resolution calling on the EU Council of Ministers to adopt a common list of Russian officials to be sanctioned for their role in the torture and murder of 37-year old Russian whistle-blowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.
11 Dec. 2013 Fed taper will hurt markets, though hedge funds unconcerned about rates impact [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Aksia’s third annual institutional hedge fund manager opinion survey revealed that managers are overwhelmingly negative on the potential impact of Federal Reserve tapering on markets. Most managers surveyed expect tapering to begin within the next few months (during Q1 ‘1
11 Dec. 2013 Study finds close to half of endowments and foundations plan to increase allocation to alternatives [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:The endowment and foundations investment consulting firm NEPC has published the results of its first
11 Dec. 2013 BofA Merrill Lynch calls for stronger U.S.-led economic growth in 2014 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research has called for a stronger U.S.-led economic growth in 2014 as well as higher yields and solid U.S. stock gains that are lower than in 2013 but higher than consensus. At the annual
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